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Verses from my Kitchen: Whisky Hot Toddy

January 13, 2011

Whisky Hot Toddy

This is an absolute must during the frigid days that haunt us. It's also a brilliant winter warmer. This simple cocktail has lured many back from the depths of sickness and winter's harshest storms. It's the friendly face you see when you need it most; the one that says everything is going to be ok.

The origins seem to have this drink first being concocted in Scotland, where a sweet drink with whisky was made to fight the common cold. The weather was brutal but with drinks like this it helped. If nothing else, it made things tolerable. It pains me to say this, but thank goodness for the Scots.

Like many of the classics that have undergone renewed and revamped recipes, the toddy today is as varied as a cocktail can be. The only common elements seem to be the glass, either a short mug or glass with stem and handle, and the toddy stick used to stir the drink.

I can't say for certain that this drink will cure your winter sniffles and pains but I can say that, if nothing else, you'll enjoy the surge of warmth in your bones when you take your first sip. Don't wait for the flu to make the rounds, have a drink or two tonight. I like to call it my prevent defence.

For my interpretation of the classic toddy, I decided to use rye instead of scotch whisky or bourbon or rum. I also prefer the taste of brown sugar and honey instead of granulated sugar, the addition of cloves, cardamom and lemon peels, plus a cinnamon stick. After all, something has to be the stick that stirs the drink, so to speak.

After a long tough haul outside shovelling snow, I like to make myself one of these. I sit by the fireplace and enjoy a moment of zen. It soothes my spirit, my muscles and my taste buds. It's the perfect answer to all that ails me.

Whisky Hot Toddy

The Goods:
  • 2 oz. rye whisky
  • 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 clove
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • hot water

  1. Place all the ingredients into a glass and gently press the cardamom. Top with boiling water.

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At January 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

THAT looks awesome! I am such a Whiskey fan you have no idea, I wish I would have had this after all the shoveling I did just yesterday. Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

At January 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM , Blogger Kita said...

Im sick, so reading the title to this post had me all over it. Even though you cant promise tht it will cure my cold - Im willing to give it a try :)

At January 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Medeja- CranberryJam said...

I think I would love this.. I used to like whiskey.. but then abandoned it for wine :)))

At January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks Ravie! Don't worry, there will be plenty of snowfalls to come! Sit back and relax when you're done!

Kita, I hope you feel better! At the very least, you can wash away the pain! Thanks for dropping by.

Medeja, you very well might! I'm more of a wine drinker myself but there's always room for whisky when your body is sore!

At January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Diethood.com said...

Oh hello my whiskey friend - I'd love to try you in this manner! Michael, this sounds incredible!

At January 13, 2011 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Medeja- CranberryJam said...

I think for winter I'll get one bottle of whiskey.. :)

At January 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Pretty hot toddies, foodgawker and tastespotting material fer shur.

At January 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Christina said...

I know this would make me feel better! Or at least not care that I had a cold!

At January 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Sophisticated! I don't even really like whisky, but after looking at yours, I'm starting to second guess myself. :-p

At January 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Kate, thanks!! It helped fight off the cold I had!

Medeja, a bottle of whisky is a must in winter!

Carolyn, nice one! FG agreed, TS not so much. ;)

Christina, it will either cure your cold or knock you out. Win-win.

Thanks Stephanie! You don't particularly taste it, if that means something. Thanks!

At January 16, 2011 at 3:38 AM , Blogger something_good said...

ok, you've convinced us to give up on Glögg :)

At January 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM , Blogger Susan Lindquist said...

Like this post! It brought back memories of being little and having a 'short toddy', as my Dad called it. This was made for me or my brothers and sister when one of us had a deep chest cold. Dad would sit us up on the counter by the sink and make a small juice glass of honey, lemon juice and peel, whiskey, hot hot water, and a cinnamon stick or a swizel stick if we didn't have cinnamon. We'd sip this down and then have Vicks Vaporub applied to our chests. Then into a warm bed and a tuck in. I still remember the heat from the inside and out! Slept soundly for a good while before coughing jags ...

At January 16, 2011 at 9:13 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Susan, thank you. Best. Comment. Ever. Love the story and the vivid memories. Life is a beautiful thing! We all trace our steps back with memories and little reminders. Thanks for that!

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